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From My View For June 15

By Staff | Jun 15, 2016

Photo Provided Janine and Jeremy Crawford, center, with the wedding party (minus the flower girls, as they had had a long day!)

My wife and I had the pleasure of attending my youngest son Jeremy’s wedding to Janine Nater in Toronto, Canada last week. I was deeply moved by the warm welcome of his bride’s large family and friends who were on hand for the big day.

In attendance were our son’s many cast and crew members from the Heart Of Robin Hood, where he and Janine first met. Also, some high school and college buddies from Magnolia High School and Fairmont State University came to Canada. Even the owner of the production company that put on the show where Jeremy and Janine first met, made Lynne and my hearts pound substantially by their presence.

It was only the second time we visited Canada, but it will not be our last. Janine’s mother, sister and stepfather were gracious hosts, as well as all of their family and friends, too.

My eldest son and family from Virginia, and my wife’s sister, brother in-law, and nephew made the long trip to see our youngest son tie the knot. My eldest granddaughter, Tianna, who by the way was celebrating her 12th birthday on the big day as well, and her sister, Kyra, were the flower girls.

The way we were treated in Canada – not only by Janine’s large family from as far as Norway, Holland, Netherlands, Ireland and England, but also from Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, Dallas Texas, Fairmont WV, Baltimore Maryland, Boston MA, Pittsburgh PA, Wheeling, Fredricksburg VA, Reader and New Martinsville – made us feel that our son is in good hands in Canada.

Besides the gorgeous wedding, my son wore our Crawford kilt, from Scotland and Ireland (where our heritage originated from), when he tied the knot.

To honor our heritage the way he did, and to honor his groomsmen with a Crawford tie, (He also gave them all a wrap-around kilt-towel) warmed my heart as well.

Janine was lovely in her gown, as was my bride of 42 years in her dress.

Her family played music at the wedding. Also, Jeremy and Janine’s fellow crew from The Heart of Robin Hood also sent a CD with a song that they wrote especially for Jeremy and Janine; this song was played as they walked down the aisle. The music throughout the ceremony kept me in tears with emotion.

After the ceremony, all the 160 plus people in attendance went downstairs to the reception area where the celebration continued. Jeremy put five hours of different types of music from all over the world for all to enjoy, and yes, most in attendance danced the night away, including yours truly.

It was nice to see Lynne get to dance with our son. I was overjoyed watching them. After the long dance, Jeremy’s best man took her on the floor. (I’m sure she got winded after two very long fast songs.

When the night was over and the cleaning was beginning, nearly all of Janine’s family stayed to clean, even all the groomsmen, and members of their church.

After a day of rest and relaxation, our son took us to a nearby Casa Loma castle about 15 minutes away. It was awesome.

The castle was so breahtaking that I could write on and on about it. Google it and find out all about it. However, I will tell you many motion pictures were shot in the castle, including some James Bond movies. With my son being an actor, this was just another moment we will cherish forever.


Sportswise, with the high school sports on hold until August, there hasn’t been a lot to cover. There is the a couple 5K races our community needs to attend. On July 9 there is the Eleonore Rocks 5K Run/Walk and one-mile kids fun run in Sardis at 8 a.m. and on July 30 there is the Jim Quinet Memorial 5K race in downtown New Martinsville at 9 a.m.

The annual OVAC All-Star Football game will kick off the fall sports season on a Saturday night this year at 7:15 p.m., July 22 on Wheeling Island, with Ohio and West Virginia senior all-star graduate football players strapping on their football helmets for possibly the last time.

There are indeed other sporting events going on this summer, but the first couple WVU home games are set for Sept. 3 at noon against Missouri and Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. against Youngstown State, so get your tickets ASAP.


The New Martinsville Regatta should be be another hot spot for avid boat racing fans that will take place on the Ohio River in New Martinsville Sept. 23-25.

Finally, remember if you are planning to participate in sports in school get your physical, and fill out your school sports packet before your first practice. Hopefully the athletic directors and coaches will send us a note when they will start their practices, and we can promote it in our paper.